HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England—The Harvard lightweight crew's entry in the Henley Royal Regatta fell to representatives from the Harvard heavyweight crew after the two were pitted against each other in the first round of the Prince Albert Challenge Cup Wednesday on the River Thames.
The Harvard fours battled each other closely throughout the race, with the heavyweights gradually moving away and prevailing by 1.75 lengths in 7:15. The winning Crimson crew will face Bath University B in the quarterfinals.
"The two fours had a good, tight race all the way down the course, and the heavier guys pulled it out," said Harvard heavyweight freshman coach Bill Manning.
Rowing for the Harvard lightweights were seniors Andrew Dourdeville and Billy Hennrikus and juniors Tim Moore and Tom Nesel, along with senior coxswain Lizzy Maybank. Hennrikus gave a strong performance after visa issues left the Crimson shorthanded just before the trip and could not be resolved in time for the race.
In the other Harvard race Wednesday, the heavyweight freshmen defeated the University of the West of England by two and three-quarters lengths in a time of 6:39 to advance to the round of 16. The Harvard heavyweight varsity eight begins its defense of the Ladies' Challenge Plate Friday.